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Feb. 21, 2024
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Best bets for weekend fishing
- Winter steelhead are available in the mainstem, North, and South Umpqua rivers.
- February/March can be a good time for trout anglers to hit lakes and reservoirs in the Rogue watershed. Howard Prairie, Willow and Fish Lake are all good bets. Lost Creek Reservoir offers good trout fishing through the winter.
- Winter steelhead fishing in the middle Rogue remains a top pick.
- Conditions in Garrison Lake are good for cruising the weed lines in search of trout.
- On the lower Rogue, bank anglers plunking Spin-n-Glos are regularly picking up steelhead between storms.
Scheduled to be stocked this week: No stocking scheduled for the week of Feb. 21.
Recently stocked: Reinhart Pond, Lake Selmac
Trout stocking maps
Check out the ODFW fishing and trout stocking maps to find nearby fishing locations, driving directions and descriptions of amenities.
No spring Chinook in Umpqua in 2024
Just a reminder that retention of wild adult or jack spring Chinook in the mainstem and North Umpqua is prohibited in 2024.
Ice fishing safety
Ice conditions on many waterbodies have deteriorated quickly. Some waterbodies that were safe for ice fishing a few weeks ago now pose a serious risk. We don't recommend ice fishing right now. If you do go, please exercise extreme caution when venturing on to the ice.
Rogue-South Coast Steelhead Validation and Harvest Tag required beginning Dec. 1
All steelhead anglers in the Rogue Basin and on the south coast will need a Rogue-South Coast Steelhead Validation from Dec. 1 to April 30. In addition, anglers will need a new harvest tag to keep wild winter steelhead in this area. Please check the regulations for wild winter steelhead harvest dates on the Rogue River as they can be different depending on where you are fishing.
The new validations will provide more accurate harvest information and close annual harvest loopholes on certain daily licenses. Learn more about this new validation and harvest tag.
E-tagging tips for anglers
It's important for anglers to tag their salmon and steelhead immediately, which means you'll need to know how to navigate the MyODFW app outside of cell phone range. Here are some tips for e-tagging in the field.
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Updates by waterbody
AGATE LAKE: bass, carp, crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead
Agate Reservoir continues to rise and is now 74 percent full. For up-to-date reservoir levels click here. The boat ramp is usable for small boats. There is also plenty of bank fishing access. Fishing for warmwater species has cooled with the weather.
The Jackson County Park's day-use area closes after sunset and day use fees are charged. There is a 10-mph speed limit on this reservoir and electric motors only. Last updated 2/21/24.
APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout, landlocked spring chinook, largemouth bass, small mouth bass, black crappie, bluegill,
Applegate reservoir level is currently at 1,920 feet, and the surface temperature has dropped to 48oF. Check up-to-date reservoir levels here, or call the Army Corps of Engineers at 800-472-2434 for flow and temperature information.
The reservoir near its normal wintertime level, which means the French Gulch low water ramp is the only access for trailered boats. Muddy or icy conditions may make launching a boat difficult depending on the day. Fishing for trout should be good.
There is a longstanding health advisory for consumption of resident species due to elevated levels of mercury. See Oregon Health Authority consumption guidelines or the 2022 sportfishing regulations for more information. Last updated 2/21/24.
APPLEGATE RIVER below Applegate Dam: trout
The release from the dam is 250 cfs, and the temperature at release is 43F. Reservoir outflow will stabilize now around this number as the reservoir refills. The Applegate is currently open for trout and winter steelhead fishing. Only hatchery winter steelhead can be retained.
Winter steelhead are showing up in the Applegate and fish have been caught in the lower river with a couple up to the town of Applegate. The best bets are the Hwy 199 bridge or Fish Hatchery Park. Last updated 2/21/24.
ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout
Good numbers of trout are swimming around the pond. Late winter and early spring are good months to fish this pond as there is less aquatic vegetation. The pond is also an excellent spot to see wildlife like otters, beavers, and even elk. This is pond is managed by Oregon State Parks as a youth-only fishing pond. Last updated 2/7/24.
BEN IRVING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie
No recent reports. The lake should start clearing up after previous storms and warmer days will make for some good fishing. Last updated 2/14/24.
CHETCO RIVER: winter steelhead
Slow. Frequent storms have kept the river out of shape most of the season. Boat anglers will have to wait until flows drop. When the river flows have been dropping, bank anglers plunking Spin-n-Glos are picking up a few steelhead. Boat anglers will have wait until flows drop below 4000 cfs.
Anglers are reminded that in addition to the combined angling tag they need the Rogue South Coast Steelhead Validation to fish for steelhead on the river. Anglers should review regulations before heading out.
The Chetco River Angler Caught Broodstock program has started for the year. Anglers interested in participating need to sign up and obtain a permit. The program is the only way steelhead are collected for the Chetco River hatchery program. Steelhead can be donated by anglers fishing with guides or as a non-guided angler. Donated steelhead are transported to Elk River Hatchery and held until they are spawned. Juvenile steelhead are reared at the hatchery before being released back in the Chetco River. For more information about the program or to obtain a permit, anglers can call the Gold Beach ODFW office at 541-247-7605. Last updated 2/21/24.
South Coast winter steelhead rivers (video)
COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, coho and Chinook smolts
Some larger rainbow trout have been being caught in Cooper Creek lately. This lake was stocked with a couple thousand trout at the end of January, including some over three pounds. Last updated 2/14/24.
COOS RIVER BASIN: bottomfish, steelhead, cutthroat trout
Anglers can catch rockfish around the jetties in the lower Coos Bay estuary. Best fishing is typically near slack tides with good fishing one day and fair fishing the next. A jig fished with a twister tail trailer is always a good option to catch bottomfish.
The 2024 daily general marine fish bag limit is 5 fish plus 2 lingcod with no retention of yelloweye or quillback rockfish. There is no harvest of cabezon until July 1.
The water clarity on the West Fork Millicoma River is pretty good, while the East Fork Millicoma and South Fork Coos rivers are in good fishing shape. There isn't much rain in the forecast so rivers should remain fishable over the next week. Steelhead anglers had been having success drifting egg patterns or fishing a jig under a bobber.
The County Road Department are hopeful to have the landslide cleared on the West Fork Millicoma Road by the end of the week.
Anglers wanting to fish the South Fork Coos River above Dellwood will need a permit from Weyerhaeuser. Steelhead anglers can find bank access on the East Fork Millicoma at Nesika Park and on the West Fork Millicoma at Millicoma Interpretive Center/Scout Camp.
Trout fishing is closed in the rivers until May 22, 2024. Last updated 2/7/24.
COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: steelhead
The North Fork Coquille River has been fishable this week. The South Fork Coquille River is coming into fishing shape. Drift boat anglers wanting to fish the South Fork should be able to float the river by this weekend.
As the water levels drop, the North Fork Coquille River will become fishable first followed by the South Fork Coquille. Steelhead anglers were catching hatchery winter steelhead on the North Fork Coquille River at LaVerne Park and on the South Fork Coquille River from the town of Powers downstream.
Trout fishing in closed in the rivers until May 22, 2024. Last updated 2/7/24.
DIAMOND LAKE: trout
Conditions remain the same. Diamond is starting to freeze over and likely is not fishable. Please review the ice-fishing safety suggestions when venturing out on the ice. Warmer temperatures have slowed the onset of ice.
Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger and brown trout. Anglers targeting brown trout have been doing fantastic lately with high catch rates and some great brown trout being caught (and released). These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. These trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught. Last updated 2/14/24.
ELK RIVER: steelhead
Slow. Fishing pressure has been light with all the frequent storms. The few anglers fishing the river are finding steelhead are scattered throughout. This is one of the best rivers to fish steelhead when there are frequent storms. There is very limited bank access, so anglers with drift boats tend to do the best. Anglers can check the river gage height at Elk River Hatchery by calling 541-332-0405. The river fishes the best at 5' and dropping. Last updated 2/21/24.
EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, catfish, rainbow trout
Emigrant is at 35 percent full and filling very slowly. Small watercraft and inflatables can launch at the main boat ramp and trailered boats should be able to launch on gravel below the paved ramp.
Fishing for warmwater species is slowing down but there should be bass available in deep water near the dam and trout are spread throughout the lake. A recent report indicated bass are being caught but it isn't clear if that was in one of the arms of the lake.
There is a longstanding health advisory for consumption of resident warmwater species in Emigrant for high levels of mercury. Consult the sportfishing regulations or the Oregon Health Authority for more information on consumption guidelines.
The most current elevations for Emigrant Reservoir and other Rogue Basin reservoirs can be found on the Bureau of Reclamation's website, here. Last updated 2/21/24.
EXPO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie
Expo Pond is the pond at the Jackson County Fairgrounds located directly adjacent to the access road at Gate 5, at the Southern Oregon RV Park.
Please remember to park in the day-use parking area and walk into the RV park to access the pond. Do not park your vehicle within the RV park. A Jackson County parks day-use or season-long parking pass is required.
Fishing for warmwater fish has slowed with the cooler temperatures.
There are Chinese mystery snails in the most northern pond. They are highly invasive and were illegally dumped here. Please do not move these creatures and drain and dry any personal watercraft before using them in another waterbody. Last updated 11/29/23.
FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook
Fish Lake is 57 percent full and reportedly there is open water for bank fishing at the Fish Lake snow park. Recently an angler caught their limit on spring Chinook with most fish 14 to 16 inches and rainbow trout limits have also been caught. Calling the resort at (541) 949-8500 for current conditions is a wise choice as the ice is forming and then melting so ice conditions are changing almost weekly. Both the resort and USFS boat ramps are now closed due to ice.
A snow park permit is required beginning Nov. 15.
Any tiger trout caught should be immediately released unharmed. Anglers are encouraged to report their catch or any other fish stories to Rogue Fish District Staff 541-826-8774. Last updated 2/21/24.
GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass
No recent reports from anglers. There have been a small number of very large trout stocked into Galesville recently. Previous reports in the fall have shown some great rainbow trout coming from Galesville.
In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon and steelhead are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20 inches long allowed for harvest. If you catch any fish in Galesville with a hole punch in the operculum (plate over the gills), please e-mail Levi.email@example.com. Last updated 2/14/24.
GARRISON LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat
ODFW recently surveyed the lake and found good numbers of trout in the lake. The lake is pretty high, but conditions are good for finding some trout cruising the weed lines. Slow trolling with a wedding ring spinner tipped with worms or other type of bait can be very effective. Good numbers of rainbow trout carry over in the lake, along with cutthroat. The best way to fish the lake is by boat, as there is limited shore access.
The 12th street boat ramp has an improved ramp and docks. With higher water in the spring, the walkway onto the boat dock can be covered by water so anglers will need rubber boots to access the dock. Anglers will want to check the weather before heading out, as the lake can be very windy. Last updated 2/14/24.
HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS (Douglas County): trout
With recent snows, accessing the lakes will be difficult. Unless there is significant melting it may be some time before they are accessible outside of snowmobiles. Last updated 1/10/24.
HOWARD PRAIRIE: trout
Howard Prairie is 39 percent full. Recent snow will make launching a boat impossible for now and the lake is likely beginning to freeze but reportedly there are open water spots. All Jackson County facilities are now gated and closed for the winter season. Last updated 2/21/24.
HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass
Hyatt is currently 49 percent full. Some good-size trout were caught near the dam recently on chartreuse PowerBait and PowerBait eggs. The lake currently has spotty ice but the majority of the shoreline is ice free at this time.
All BLM facilities are now closed, which effectively closes access for trailered boats. Last updated 2/21/24.
ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, winter steelhead
The Illinois River is open to catch-and-release trout and winter steelhead fishing. Check the regulations for more information on the harvest of winter steelhead. Recent reports indicate winter steelhead have been caught at Briggs Creek and Green Bridge so fish are moving. Flows right now are a little high but will continue to drop until the next rain event forecast later in the weekend. Last updated 2/21/24.
LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout, yellow perch
No recent reports from Lake Marie. With temperatures coming up a bit over the last couple of weeks, fishing should be decent. Last updated 2/14/24.
LAKE SELMAC (Selmac Lake): trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie
Selmac was stocked with 5,000 legal-sized trout two weeks ago. Largemouth bass, bluegill and black crappie fishing is slow.
Lake Selmac has its share of non-native aquatic hitchhikers. Boat anglers are asked to do their part to remove as much vegetation as possible before leaving the ramp, as well as drain and dry their vessel before boating in another waterbody.
Please help stop the spread of Oregon's aquatic hitchhikers! Last updated 2/21/24.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee
Heavy recent snow will likely limit access to the reservoir and likely will start freezing soon. The resort and campgrounds are closed for the season.
Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of five per day with only one of those measuring over 20-inches. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-643-0750 for weather/road conditions and additional information. Last updated 1/17/24.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, landlocked spring chinook, bass
Lost Creek current elevation is about 1,836 feet. The Takelma boat ramp is available for access by trailered boats. The county ramp at Joseph Stewart is usable as well.
Bank fishing near the dam was productive recently with rainbow, garlic Powerbait. Trout landed ranged from 12-18 inches. Some fish had copepods which can be scraped off and the fish is safe to eat after cooking properly.
Effort has been surprisingly low. Both trout and bass fishing should be good. Trout fishing will be enhanced by the legal-size and larger trout that were stocked recently. Trolling for trout may be best bet and a recent angler caught numerous 14 to 16-inch spring Chinook and trout trolling an Apex lure around the dam and water control tower to depths of 80 feet with a downrigger. Wind drifting with worms may also produce trout.
Anglers can get the latest reservoir details by calling the US Army Corps Lost Creek Lake and Applegate Reservoir projects information line at 1-800-472-2434. Last updated 2/21/24.
PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, surfperch, salmon
Fishing for bottom fish is open to all-depths year-round. The 2024 daily general marine fish bag limit is 5 fish with no retention of quillback or yelloweye rockfish. Retention of cabezon is closed until July 1. Anglers are reporting good catches of rockfish and lingcod near Charleston and Bandon when the ocean swells are small.
Anglers may choose to fish the offshore longleader fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line, which is open year-round. The longleader fishery daily bag limit is 12 fish made of only yellowtail, widow, canary, blue, deacon, redstripe, greenstripe, silvergray, chillipepper, and bocaccio rockfishes. No other rockfish or lingcod are allowed on an offshore longleader fishing trip. Find information about longleader setup and rules here.
Ocean swells have been big with lots of current that have shifted sand on many beaches. When ocean swells calm down anglers can find redtail surfperch along the ocean beaches like Horsfall Beach, Bullards Beach and near Cape Blanco. Surfperch anglers are also catching striped surfperch along rocky shorelines. Anglers have been catching surfperch when the ocean swells are calmer, using sand shrimp, mole crabs or artificial sand worms. Ready to try surfperch fishing? Here are some tips to get you started. Last updated 1/17/24.
PLAT I RESERVOIR: trout, bass
Conditions remain the same at Plat I. No recent report if Plat I is currently fishable. The reservoir can be pretty low this time of year and it can difficult to access fishable areas. Last updated 1/3/24.
Rogue River, lower: steelhead
Both boat anglers and bank anglers plunking Spin-n-Glos have been regularly picking up steelhead in between storms. Most of the steelhead that have been caught are wild, but hatchery steelhead started showing in the catch. As always, anglers will want to check the flows prior to heading out and try to fish as flows are dropping.
Anglers are reminded that the Rogue has a new winter steelhead season structure that starts Dec. 1. Anglers can now retain wild steelhead starting Dec. 1, but they must be tagged on the new wild steelhead tag. Only 3 wild steelhead can be retained from Dec. 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024. Anglers are reminded to check the regulations in the particular area they are fishing prior to heading out, as start and end dates vary by zone. Last updated 2/14/24.
Plunking on the Rogue River (video)
Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout
The current flow is 2,850 cfs and the average river temperature is about 46 F.
The Rogue is currently in great shape and anglers are having success catching winter steelhead from Galice to Grants Pass. With these conditions using bait, lures, flies, pulling plugs or plunking are classic techniques that can get you into a fish. Target eddy and current seams and travel lanes on the inside corners to find migrating steelhead. Expect the river to rise with the rain coming in later this week but that will bring in some new fish.
Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout
The release from Lost Creek Reservoir is 1,250 cfs and the temperature at release is 42.5F. Expect releases from the dam to stay around that number as the reservoir fill season has started.
Late summer steelhead moving into the hatchery are still available and were being caught last week, but chrome winter steelhead are around and numbers have increased as we get closer to March. Movement into the hatchery has continued to be decent. Fishing plugs on the rise is a good tactic. Lures or flies are now a good choice with the clear water conditions. Pressure has been light, so this is a good time to fish the upper Rogue without crowds.
Anglers can call the Army Corps of Engineers at 800-472-2434 for an update on hatchery counts as well as flow and temperature information.
Make sure to check the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for each section of river before you head out.
For up-to-date river levels, check all the USGS Rogue gauges here. Last updated 2/21/24.
Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout
Heavy snow in Prospect continuing upstream has made river access likely impossible in the upper Rogue for the time being. The best bet is probably PacifiCorp's North Fork Park. Check the driving conditions on ODOT Trip Check before heading up.
The Rogue and tributaries above Lost Creek Reservoir remain open year-round, with a daily retention limit of 5 trout (no limit on brook trout). Last updated 2/21/24.
SIXES RIVER: winter steelhead
Winter storms have kept the river pretty much unfishable. Rivers flows look to be coming down, so anglers may get a chance to fish the river. Anglers will want to check flows prior to heading out. Anglers are also reminded that the new Rogue-South Coast Steelhead Validation is required to fish the river. All anglers need the Rogue South Coast steelhead validation and if an angler wants to keep a wild steelhead, they must also have the new Wild Steelhead harvest card. Last updated 2/21/24.
SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: steelhead
No recent reports, but the river should be clearing up and anglers should start catching some winter steelhead. Last updated 1/31/24.
TENMILE LAKES/TENMILE CREEK: steelhead, trout, bass
Steelhead fishing has been good one day and slow the next on Tenmile Creek lately. Anglers are catching winter steelhead on Tenmile Creek in areas like Spinreel Park and the mouth of Eel Creek. Fishing a jig under a bobber is a good way to steelhead fish Tenmile Creek. Eel Creek is now open to steelhead fishing until April 30.
Trout fishing in rivers and streams will reopen May 22. Trout fishing in the lakes is open year-round. Last updated 2/7/24.
UMPQUA HIKE-IN LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout
Hike-in lakes will be difficult to access with snow accumulation. No recent reports from any of the hike-in lakes, but those attempting should be prepared for winter conditions.
Anglers are encouraged to report their fishing trips to help guide future stocking rates. Last updated 11/29/23.
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: Steelhead, surfperch, bass
Conditions should be good this week but may muddy up a little after the rain. Not as many fish being reported on the mainstem as the North and South, but there should still be good winter steelhead fishing towards the upper end of the mainstem. Anglers have been having decent success.
Anglers that catch a hatchery steelhead are encouraged to donate the snout in collection barrels at many boat ramps. These snouts may contain a coded-wire tag that will help inform managers on the best release strategy to improve the program. Those who contribute snouts with coded-wire tags are entered into a monthly drawing for a gift card to Sportsman's Warehouse.
There is NO HARVEST OF WILD ADULT OR JACK SPRING CHINOOK in the Umpqua this year. The river remains open for hatchery Chinook through June 1. Fall seasons have not yet been finalized. Last updated 2/14/24.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead
Conditions are great. Anglers have reported good success on the North over the last week.
Anglers that catch a hatchery steelhead are encouraged to donate the snout at the ODFW office in Roseburg. Collection barrels will be deployed on the North soon. These snouts may contain a coded-wire tag that will help inform managers on the best release strategy to improve the program. Those who contribute snouts with coded-wire tags are entered into a monthly drawing for a gift card to Sportsman's Warehouse. Last updated 2/14/24.
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead
Anglers have reported good success on the South over the last week. The conditions are great. Popular boat launches or bank fishing sites may be busy.
Anglers that catch a hatchery steelhead are encouraged to donate the snout at the ODFW office in Roseburg. Collection barrels are at many boat ramps on the South Umpqua. These snouts may contain a coded-wire tag that will help inform managers on the best release strategy to improve the program. Those who contribute snouts with coded-wire tags are entered into a monthly drawing for a gift card to Sportsman's Warehouse. Last updated 2/14/24.
WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead, yellow perch
Willow Lake offers fishing for trout and a variety of warmwater species in a beautiful setting. Willow is now 100 percent full offering plenty of open water to fish as the weather clears up a bit.
For more information on camping and day use please visit the Jackson County Parks website or call 541-774-8183.
Anglers catching illegally introduced yellow perch are always encouraged to take as many of these as they want. This illegal introduction has only resulted in stunted perch and negative impacts to the bass and trout fishery in this lake and numerous others around the Southwest District. Last updated 2/14/24.
Regulation updates as of January 17, 2024.
The following regulations reflect changes or additions to the permanent regulations listed in the 2023 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. All other permanent regulations remain in effect. Please see e-regulations.
As part of the wild coho salmon aggregate bag limit, no more than 5 wild coho salmon may be harvested per year in the Northwest and Southwest Zones with open wild coho salmon fisheries. Wild coho jacks may only be retained on days open to adult wild coho retention.
Hatchery steelhead, hatchery coho salmon, pink salmon, and sockeye salmon, may be retained as part of the adult and jack salmon daily bag limit in all Southwest Zone waters that are currently open to angling for Chinook salmon or steelhead, except as specified in Exceptions.
Aggregate: The total number of fish or shellfish in a bag limit. Generally used where several species make up a combined bag limit, or where a single species bag limit is set for the combined harvest from a specified group of water bodies.
North Umpqua River
Feb 1 - Jun 30: Retention of wild Chinook salmon (adult and jack) is prohibited.
Umpqua River (Mainstem)
Feb 1 - Jun 30: Retention of wild Chinook salmon (adult and jack) is prohibited.
For more information, contact you local ODFW office:
- Central Point, Rogue Watershed District (541) 826-8774
- Charleston Field Office (541) 888-5515
- Roseburg Umpqua Watershed District Office (541) 440-3353
- Gold Beach Field Office (541) 247-7605